What good is a little ant? If one is in my house, I will step on it and kill it. If there are lots of little ants in a house, what a nuisance! Yet, the Bible uses little ants to teach us important truths. Let’s learn 4 important lessons from the “little” ant!
Proverbs 30:24-25 (KJV)
24 There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:
25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;
The Lesson of Foresight – “yet they prepare their meat in the summer;”
The ant lives with the reality that winter is coming. The ant is always working when it can, knowing that winter is coming. The ant is constantly preparing for tomorrow! Notice the phrase in Proverbs 30:25, “yet they prepare their meat in the summer.” What a wise way to live!
The ant is prepared with resources when winter comes. The ant understands that working hard today and saving is vital to her future. It is not wise to spend everything and use all that you have. Rather, it wise to store up for rainy day, for an unforeseen emergency, for the day when your resources become meager. This is the lesson that the ant teaches. The ant assumes those days will come and prepares for them accordingly. This simple principle can make a big difference in a family, in a church, and even in a nation.
Proverbs 6:6-9 (KJV)
6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
The Lesson of Initiative – “Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,”
Notice another lesson from the “little” ant and that is she has no guide, overseer, or ruler, yet she is not lazy. She is not doing what she wants. The advice to the sluggard is consider her ways and be wise. In Proverbs 30:25, the Scriptures speak of ants being exceeding wise. Wisdom is to practice initiative. Initiative is taking action on personal duties and responsibilities without having to have someone tell you to do them. No one has to speak in the ear of the ant, “Hey, wake up, and get to school or work, or clean the house, or pay the bills, or go to church. The ant goes about her daily responsibilities on her own. She doesn’t let harvest go to waste. She is on time with her work. This simple lesson can make a big difference in an employee or child. When a manager sees initiative in an employee, that is usually grounds for more responsibility and promotion. God help us to practice initiative.
The Lesson of Teamwork – “The ants are a people not strong, yet they…”
Have you ever seen an ant hill? It is the result of worker ants working together to remove below ground soil as they dig out and form ant tunnels and nests underground.
When you step on an ant hill, it is said that ants begin releasing stress pheromones to call upon soldiers to defend the nest. They work together to accomplish something bigger than themselves. The little ant teaches us valuable lessons that can make big differences in our lives. Great wisdom can be gleaned from a little ant. Live with foresight today, Demonstrate Initiative, and be a person who understands and practices teamwork wherever you are. Who can you work with today to accomplish something bigger than yourself? Consider her ways and be wise!